Stephen Gordon Hendry MBE – born 13 January 1969 – is a professional snooker player.
He dominated the sport during the 1990s, becoming one of the most successful players in its history.
After turning professional in 1985 at age 16, Hendry rose rapidly through the rankings, reaching number four in the world by the end of his third professional season.
He won his first World Snooker Championship in 1990 aged 21 years and 106 days, surpassing Alex Higgins as the sport’s youngest world champion.
From 1990 to 1999, he won seven world titles, setting a modern-era record that stood outright until Ronnie O’Sullivan equalled it in 2022.
Hendry also won the Masters six times and the UK Championship five times for a career total of 18 Triple Crown tournament wins, a total exceeded only by O’Sullivan’s 21.
His total of 36 ranking titles is second only to O’Sullivan’s 39, while his nine seasons as world number one were the most by any player under the annual ranking system used until 2010.
After almost nine years in retirement, he returned to the professional tour in 2021 under an invitational tour card. Hendry also competes on the World Seniors Tour and regularly features as a commentator and studio pundit for snooker coverage on BBC and ITV.
Awarded an MBE in 1994, he was twice named the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year, in 1987 and 1996.
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